Nebraska Center for Writers


Introducing Nebraska's latest literary event!! People from all over the state (and even some from Colorado and Iowa) will be gathering near Alliance, Nebraska, to celebrate the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, with the longest poetry reading of the year. The celebration will take place at CARHENGE in honor of its 10th Anniversary. In additon to the poetry reading--featuring Bob McEwen, Greg Kosmicki, Tamora Whitney, and Twyla Hansen--there will be refereshments, a performance by a local drama group, an open contest for the poem that best embodies the SPIRIT OF CARHENGE, and to close out this evening, a bonfire and a concert by Omaha's own Darktown House Band.

All of this will take place

Saturday, June 21, 1997
(2 1/2 miles north of Alliance on US Hwy 385)

Now about the contest

Prize money! Publication!

The FRIENDS OF CARHENGE are sponsoring a contest for the poem that best embodies THE SPIRIT OF CARHENGE. To enter the contest, you must present a typed copy of your poem (with your name, address, and phone number indicated on it) to the panel of judges at CARHENGE on June 21, 1997. Poems may be any form or style, but must not exceed 50 lines in length. Only entries presented in person at SOLSTICE '97 will be considered. Winners will be asked to read their poems at the end of the day. Among the judges will be Nebraska poets R.F. McEwen and Twyla Hansen. Awards for the winning poems are as follows:

1st Place $100
2nd Place $50
3rd Place $25

In addition, winners will be announced in NEBRASKA LIFE magazine. All three poems will be considered for publication, pending editorial approval. For further information about the contest or the event, please contact

Marta Boswell

This event is sponsored by the FRIENDS OF CARHENGE

Past Top of the Rock Features

redball.gif May 1997 (Eamonn Wall's Iron Mountain Road)
redball.gif April 1997 (Grace Bauer's The Women at the Well)
redball.gif March 1997 (Susan Aizenberg's Peru)
redball.gif January 1997 (Nebraska Poets Calendar)
redball.gif December 1996 (Nebraska Book Arts Center)
redball.gif November 1996 (Missouri Valley Reading Series)
redball.gif October 1996 (Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering)
redball.gif August 1996 (Marly Swick's Paper Wings)
redball.gif July 1996 (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival)
redball.gif May 1996 (Prairie Schooner)
redball.gif April 1996 (Nebraska Poets)
redball.gif March 1996 (Ron Hansen's Atticus)

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